Compare And Contrast Essay

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To truly compare or justify anything to be superior to something else, you must have more than one thing to compare. When I start to review narrative and descriptive essays, I have to try to understand what separates the two. I chose to compare “Caged Bird”, by Maya Angelou as my Descriptive essay and “How to say nothing in 500 words”, by Paul McHenry Roberts as my narrative essay. To me these two essays set themselves apart from each other, not just because of the different styles of writers, but the meaningful message that was delivered in both essays. While both of these essays have a strong message that it delivers, but only one truly keeps my attention, answers all of my questions, and helps me to imagine every word that is in the text. In the text of, “Essentials of College Writing”, it is stated, “Consider what would be interesting to you as a reader and what kinds of details and information you look for when you read a piece of personal writing”, (Connell, C. M., & Sole, K., (2013), Chapter 6. Section 6.2, paragraph 5). As a writer I believe it you have to grab the reader’s attention, answer whatever questions they have, and really help them imagine what they are reading. Initially, I was leaning to favor the descriptive essay, “The Caged Bird”, written by Maya Angelou, but after further consideration and critiques, I discovered that, “How to say nothing in 500 words”, written by Paul McHenry Roberts won me over. This change of mind came to me as I read each essay over again and then it was a clear choice of which essay was arguably the better style.
To be considered a good descriptive essay, according to what I read in, “Essentials of College Writing”, a descriptive essay must use specific language, use specific details, use a descriptive language, and compare the unfamiliar to the familiar. My choice of a descriptive essay to compare was, “Caged Bird”, by Maya Angelou. In this descriptive essay, to me the bird was a figure that you can imagine as representing something else. Maya Angelou does a good job in describing with great detail what the bird is doing as well as thinking or reflecting on. I could really envision what the bird was thinking of in the Caged Bird essay, the words help you to picture what you cannot see. For example, “The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn and he names the sky his own”, Angelou, M. (1983). I really can picture the bird imagining this or just reflecting on a past event that it experienced on an earlier day. All of the essentials for a good descriptive essay, were found in this essay, but to me the format was more familiar to the format of...

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